Hi, sorry if similar questions have been posted, I couldn't find any. We're doing a self build and will be living in our 1999 32*12 Atlas Dakota with our 2 kids in the west of scotland for a few years. We want to install a solid fuel stove for heat and cooking. Due to the current energy crisis, and after paying £££ for electricity to the site we can't get an electric supplier at present - however even when we can I wouldn't want to rely on electricity for heating anyway. The Dakota, lovely as she is, is ex holiday park because her gas boiler is defunct so we don't have that option either
Anyway, so I thought we could take out the gas fire/chimney breast and put in a stove, I had a look at solid fuel stoves that I could cook on. There are some cute glamping stoves but I'm not sure they would give enough heat or give enough space to cook for us all . e.g. the eco adventurer 5 is 4.5kwh and the hot plate looks to be about 30*25cm. So then I found a stove that I really liked but its cast iron stove and its 170kg. Its 8kwh and has a hot plate I could make a big pot of soup and scones on! And I could reuse the stove for the house when we get that far.
So here comes my question... what kind of weight can the caravan cope with? I obviously don't want to take any risks but am i being overcautious thinking that's too heavy? Any tips welcome on heating, kwh, weight, size etc.